At about 3 years of age, children start to join sentences together with ‘and’ or ‘then’ as they describe a few events in a row. ‘I went to grandmas then had lunch’. This is a way of linking verbs or sentences together.
We have chosen some books with simple events in a row that can be joined with the linking words ‘and’ or ‘then’. The predictability of the stories helps children to know the pattern or anticipate what might happen next.
Who Sank the Boat? This well known book is about a boat trip with a pig, a sheep, a donkey, a cow and a mouse. The boat eventually tips over when the mouse gets in! Great way to practice linking as one by one the animals get into the boat.
Target example (simplified) – ‘Then the cow got in’
The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This old classic has been used for sequencing for many generations. There is a whole page of foods that the caterpillar eats.
Target example – ‘He ate a chocolate cake and a cherry tart”
Wake up Do, Lydia Lou. A little girl sleeps whilst a friendly ghost tries to wake her up. On every page the ghost recruits another animal to try and make more noise. The sequence of animals is straightforward and easy to act out!
Target example – ‘The ghost called ‘who hoo’ and the cat said ‘meow’.
Is your Grandmother a Goanna? A little boy goes on a train ride to meet his grandmother. At every station along the way, there is a different animal to meet. He asks at every station if it is the right stop and the train driver answers, ‘Is your grandmother a….. goanna / tiger ? etc.
Target example – ‘The boy climbed down and saw a goanna.’
Oh Dear! This lift the flap book is good for younger children learning about sequencing. A little boy goes around a farm looking for the eggs – in the stable, in the cow shed etc until he gets to the hen’s nest.
Target example – ‘Then he went to stable and looked for the eggs.’
Brown bear, Brown bear what do you see? This old classic has been made new with a sliding flap on each page to see what the next animal will be. Children can join in with the predictable rhyme.
Target example – ‘I can see a yellow duck and a purple cat’
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you Hear? Another Eric Carle book like Brown Bear, but this time a sequence of animals are asked ‘ what do you hear?’ This is a very straightforward sequence of animals that can be also collected via props.
Target example – ‘I hear a flamingo and a zebra and a…’
Hattie and the Fox. Hattie the hen sees a fox in the bushes. None of the animals believe her until right at the end. This is a very repetitive book which children will like to join in on. As Hattie gradually sees the fox, your child can add in more and more information.
Target example – ‘Then Hattie saw 2 eyes’
Dear Zoo. Another classic which is ideal for a simple sequence. A little boy asks the zoo for a pet and they keep sending him elephants and lions until finally a puppy appears.
Target example – ‘They sent him a lion then an elephant.’
The Wind Blew. It is a blowy day and many things get whipped away from their owners. A kite from a boy, a wedding hat from a groom, a newspaper from a man. Gradually all the items are taken off into the air until they land back on the wrong people.
Target example – ‘The wind took a hat and then a kite’
Rosie’s Walk. Rosie the Hen goes for a walk but there is a fox trying to catch her. She walks all around the farm – under the henhouse, around the pond etc. A nice book to act out with puppets or toys to emphasise the order of the walk.
Target example – Rosie walked around the pond then over the hill
Goodnight Moon. A little rabbit is getting ready for sleep and says goodnight to all his favourite things one by one. A very clear sequence which can be acted out with the props.
Target example – ‘Goodnight to the clock and to the gloves’
Two Little Witches. This is a counting book about Halloween trick or treating. One witch meets another witch and they meet a clown and so on. Although the text uses ‘If two witches meet a clown’ it can be adapted to a simpler sequence.
Target example – Two little witches met a clown then they met a skeleton then …’
Yawn. Yawns are catching! A little baby yawns and then a cat and then a bird and so on. This is a board book for toddlers with a big hole in the middle of the yawning mouth!